Kansas City Zoo to install tram ride

Friday, June 25, 2010 | 11:30 a.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — Kansas City Zoo officials hope that zoo patrons will be able to get a bird's-eye view of animals in its African exhibit area by early next year.

The Friends of the Zoo organization voted this week to provide a sky ride over animals such as giraffes, lions, cheetahs and rhinos in the African plains.

The Kansas City Star reports that the open-air tram ride could be running by April, and it will be funded with private money. The eight-minute ride will cover about 1,800 feet of the African plains, moving about 45 feet above ground.

Zoo director Randy Wisthoff says the aerial tram could make $200,000 or more in net profit every year for the zoo. Zoo officials the project can be bought and installed for about $800,000.

The cost for a ride has not been determined.

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